The Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) is a permanent residence visa for points-test skilled workers who want to work and live in Australia after being nominated by an Australian state or territory government agency.
To be able to apply for this visa you need to submit an expression of interest and then be invited to apply.
You can be in or outside Australia when you apply.
What this visa lets you do
This is a permanent residence visa. It lets you and any family members who have also been granted this visa to:
- stay and work in Australia indefinitely
- enrol in Medicare, Australia's scheme for health-related care and expenses
- apply for Australian citizenship (if you are eligible)
- sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence
Before you apply
To be able to apply for this visa, you must first submit an expression of interest. Once you receive an invitation, you will have 60 days to apply online for the visa.
When you have submitted your expression of interest, a state or territory government can examine it and decide whether to nominate you to apply for a visa. State and territory authorities have their own criteria for deciding who to nominate. Each state or territory government agency have different processes for nominating expressions of interests, some will contact you first and others may wait for you to contact them.
Your visa application is likely to require extensive supporting documents.
Nomination by a state or territory government
State and territory government agencies can view an expression of interest and decide whether to nominate a candidate for a visa. Each state or territory has a list of occupations that guides the types of skills they are looking for.
In an expression of interest, a candidate can indicate their interest in just one state or territory, or can choose to be available to all of them. If the candidate accepts a nomination, the states and territories may require the following:
- candidate might need to live in the nominating state or territory for a specified minimum time
- meet any of their other requirements.
Each state or territory government agency has its own process for nominating expressions of interest. Some agencies contact candidates directly and others wait for candidates to contact them at the appropriate time.
Who could get this visa
The eligibility includes:
- obtaining a suitable skills assessment for that occupation
- not yet turned 50 years of age
- achieving the score specified based on the factors in the points test
- doing well in the English test
- being nominated by an Australian state or territory government agency.
The candidate must clear a basic health examination. The results of the health examinations are generally valid for 12 months. A candidate may be able to organise their health examinations upfront before lodging a visa application.
Every candidate must meet certain character requirements. Each candidate must provide a police certificate from each country where they have lived for 12 months or more during the past 10 years. This also applies to all dependent family members in the application who are adults.
A candidate might be asked to provide biometrics (a scientific form of identification) as part of the application.
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